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Dovecote 35m south of the Vicarage, Tintagel

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Dovecote 35m south of the Vicarage, Tintagel

List entry Number: 1004422


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District: Cornwall

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Tintagel

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 30-Sep-1957

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: RSM - OCN

UID: CO 504

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Dovecotes are specialised structures designed for the breeding and keeping of doves as a source of food and as a symbol of high social status. Most surviving examples were built in the period between the 14th and the 17th centuries, although both earlier and later examples are documented. They were generally freestanding structures, square or circular in plan and normally of brick or stone, with nesting boxes built into the internal wall. They were frequently sited at manor houses or monasteries. They are generally regarded as an important component of local distinctiveness and character. The dovecote 35m south of the Vicarage, Tintagel, is widely regarded as one of the best preserved and finest examples in Cornwall.


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The monument includes a dovecote, situated in the garden of the Vicarage at Tintagel. The dovecote survives as a small circular building with a corbelled conical roof. It is set into the side of a bank with a single pedestrian door and an access hole in the roof for pigeons. The interior has 247 nesting boxes arranged in 13 tiers and there are traces of lime wash on the walls. The dovecote may date back to the 13th century according to Henderson, although it is more likely to be 16th century in origin.

The dovecote is Listed Grade II* (68845).

Sources: HER:- PastScape Monument No:-431883

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National Grid Reference: SX0548388382


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